Vasco Gonçalves

Military Officer, Politician

1922 – 2005

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Who was Vasco Gonçalves?

General Vasco dos Santos Gonçalves was a Portuguese army officer in the Engineering Corps who took part in the Carnation Revolution and later served as the 104th Prime Minister from 18 July 1974 to 19 September 1975.

He was best known for his controversial left-wing positions, including nationalization of banks and insurance companies after the events of 11 March 1975. The matter of fact is that those nationalizations were provoked by the bank conglomerates' huge debt to the Portuguese State and their directors' escape to Brazil.

In parallel, other measures implemented by his Government, such as imposing a minimum wage and the attribution of the "Christmas subsidy", were hardly radical in democratic Europe, even by today's standards.

Son of former Benfica player, Vítor Candido Gonçalves, father of Portuguese film director Vítor Gonçalves.

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Born
May 3, 1922
Lisbon
Also known as
  • Vasco Goncalves
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Ethnicity
  • Portuguese people
Nationality
  • Portugal
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Died
Jun 11, 2005
Almancil

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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